Positive cases notification MCHS & RES

March 31, 2021

Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

This letter is to inform you that RSU #38 has had individuals test positive at Maranacook Community High School and in Readfield Elementary School. Notification of close contacts for students and staff is currently in progress.  We will be taking the following actions as a result of the case:

  • Maranacook Community High School will be remote for the remainder of this week 4/01 and 4/02. A return date has yet to be determined and will be announced by the end of the week.
  • Readfield Elementary School will be remote for the remainder of this week 4/01 and 4/02. Tentatively RES will return on Monday 4/05.
  • Any student/families that need food service please reach out to Jen Hall, Food Service Director. She can be reached through email at: Jen_Hall@maranacook.org, work phone at (207) 685 - 4923 ext. 1085 or cell phone at (207) 242-0814. Individual arrangements will be made to best facilitate the families needs. Please reach out at your earliest convenience.
  • Bus #14 Readfield will NOT be running on Thursday(04/01) and Friday (04/02). If you experience a transportation hardship please contact Julie Greenleaf in the Transportation Department at 685-3621 ext. 1. We will do our best to accommodate hardships that are communicated with us.
  • All other RSU 38/Maranacook Area Schools will continue to operate as scheduled. 

We are informing you out of an abundance of caution. Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:

  • fever or chills                                                                               • new loss of taste or smell

  • cough                                                                                                • sore throat

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing            • congestion or runny nose 

  • fatigue                                                                                              • nausea or vomiting

  • muscle or body aches                                                           • diarrhea

  • headache

Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper hand washing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Questions can be directed to Dwayne Conway, the principal of Maranacook High School or the school nurse by calling the following number 685-4923.  Questions for Readfield Elementary School can be directed to Principal Jeff Boston or the school nurse by calling the following number 685-4406.  For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

James Charette

Superintendent of Schools